2023 Beneficiaries


Announcing the Bunnies on the Bayou 2023 Beneficiaries

Allies In Hope

Allies in Hope

Program: Camp Hope/Grownish Leadership Institute

For 40 years, AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) has been a pillar in Houston’s LGBTQ+ community. AFH was the first AIDS service organization in Texas, created within one year after the first Texas diagnosis of AIDS in 1981. Since its inception, the organization has been comprised of LGBTQ+ volunteers and employees who have supported AFH’s mission to the thousands of LGBTQ+ AFH clients living with HIV.

Avenue 360

Avenue 360

Program: Omega House

Omega House, a vital program of Avenue 360, has been providing quality, compassionate hospice care to men and women with HIV/AIDS, many from the LGBTQ community since 1986. As a community-based not-for-profit hospice, Omega House offers exceptional end-of-life care that is free of discrimination and judgment. We focus on the quality of life and symptom management to ensure patients spend their final days, weeks, or months as comfortably as possible.

Dalton DeHart Photograhpic Foundation

The Dalton DeHart Photographic Foundation, Inc.

Program: Dalton Dehart Photographic Foundation

The mission of the Dalton DeHart Photographic Foundation is to digitize, catalog and preserve an expanding collection of approximately one million photographs chronicling the Houston community, primarily nonprofit and community events, and to make these images accessible for their educational, historic, and cultural value.


LOUD, Inc.

Program: Houston Splash

LOUD INC. is a Texas based a non-profit 501c(3) community based organization with the mission of improving the cultural, environment, medical and social health of gay men, lesbian and transgender people of African descent through a variety of programs and services. We are dedicated to organizing and promoting unity for diverse people of color and we help to build an awareness of pride while providing outreach, intervention, and prevention education on HIV/AIDS and other health conditions prevalent among men and women of color.

Men Incorporated

MEN Incorporated

Program: MEN INC MSM Mentoring Program

To mentor, educate and nurture young men from low to moderate income areas of Houston/Harris County within available resources allowed. We provide a safe space for young men of all backgrounds to specifically engage in supportive networking groups, mentoring groups and even community learning workshops. These spaces are created to ensure that same gender loving males have a safe and controlled environment to engage with other SGL and heterosexual males throughout their youth and into young adulthood.

Montrose Grace Place

Montrose Grace Place

Program: Youth Night

LGBTQ+ youth remain over-represented among youth experiencing homelessness, and yet Texas continues to be an extremely hostile environment for LGBTQ+ youth with many organizations feeling emboldened to refuse affirming services to youth experiencing homelessness. At Grace Place, we exist to provide young people of all sexualities and genders with an affirming and safe space to enjoy dinner, fellowship, and opportunity for growth.

Open Gate Homeless Young Adult Ministry

Open Gate Homeless Young Adult Ministry

Program: Hawthorne Dinner Program

Open Gate serves marginalized young adults—especially LGBTQ+ young adults—who are experiencing unstable housing; by providing a safe, stable community, we foster relationships to help address our participants’ short- and long-term needs. Open Gate’s programs and mission are secular, and Open Gate is not an evangelistic organization for Bering Church.

Out For Education

Out For Education

Program: Out for Education – Scholarship Program

Out for Education was founded in 1999. Since our founding, we have become one of the largest funders of LGBT scholarships in America and have awarded over $1.8 million in scholarships to LGBT+ youth in Houston. By investing in our LGBT+ students, we are also investing in the future of the LGBT+ community, both in Houston and across the country.


PFLAG Houston

Program: Support for LGBTQ+ high school seniors/entering college freshman.

PFLAG Houston is dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community by keeping them united with family members, friends, and allies. We do this through support, education, and advocacy. Our focus is to provide support and education to the family members and loved ones of LGBTQ+ people. Our goal is that they can love, fully embrace, and support their LGBTQ+ loved ones. Often the people we reach become reliable, effective allies and advocates for the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride Chorus Houston

Pride Chorus Houston

Program: Support for LGBTQ+ high school seniors/entering college freshman.

Pride Chorus Houston is an inclusive LGBTQ+ chorus where everyone has a safe place to make music and share a message of unity and peace. We strive to be voices of Pride, using the power of music to make a positive change in our community. We are proud to be one of the oldest LGBTQ+ choruses in the United States, making music for more than 40 years.

Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Scholars

Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Scholars

Program: TXTNS Summit

Our mission is to help educational organizations to develop fully inclusive policies. A fully inclusive policy is defined as any policy that adds protections for sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. In order to meet that goal, we provide resources, support, and assistance to campuses as they implement trans-inclusive and trans-positive policies.

Lazarus House

The Lazarus House

Program: Wellness Program 2023

For over 20 years, Lazarus House has been serving the LGBTQ+ community with an affordable opportunity for wellness in a stigma free, uplifting environment. Initially, Lazarus House’ clientele were HIV positive men, women, and children. Today our Wellness Program has expanded to empower peoples faced with the growing number of chronic health challenges where muscle loss may be a devastating collateral issue as seen in illnesses like HIV, cancer, stroke, MS, and spinal cord injury. Today as the LGBTQ+ population ages and health changes are realized, Lazarus House is able to provide a safe place for wellness to the community.

The Mahogany Project

The Mahogany Project

Program: Black Trans Empowerment Week

The Mahogany Project was founded in response to the death of Chyna Gibson, a Black trans womxn living in the south. We choose to honor Chyna’s legacy and the lives of those who have been unjustly taken from our community by naming and elevating Blackness in our mission and work. The intersectional experiences that Black trans folk encounter, specifically as they relate to our right to life, joy, art, economic empowerment, political engagement, family, and community, are essential and deserve to be considered a priority when addressing the liberation of Black LGBTQIA+ folx. In Texas, transgender individuals experience high rates of violence and death, giving Texas the name “Trans Murder Capitol of the United States.” Our organization work to address this narrative by supplying safe spaces for trans folx and allies to convene over a week to build a better Houston (Texas) that centers thriving trans communities.

The Montrose Center

The Montrose Center (HATCH)

Program: Hatch Youth Services

Hatch Youth is dedicated to empowering LGBTQ adolescents, ages 13-20, to become responsible citizens and positive contributors to society by: Providing a safe, affirming social environment for LGBTQ youth; Providing education on health issues such as HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) drug and alcohol abuse and suicide prevention; To host a variety of helpful and affirming programs for LGBTQ youth; Offering role models and peer support; Sponsoring educational and community outreach opportunities on issues and problems affecting LGBTQ youth for school counselors, teachers, administrators, mental health and medical professionals, social service, and law enforcement organizations.

Pilot Dance Project

The Pilot Dance Project

Program: Queer Fringe Houston

Queer Fringe Houston is a new performing arts festival in its second year that intends to serve the needs of queer performance artists and diversify the range of programming available to Houston audiences. The Pilot Dance Project aims to fill a void of queer programming by offering a festival that bridges the gap between esoteric, avante-garde work and the party festivities of Pride month through an accessible, thoughtful week of performance.

The Truth Project Inc

T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc.

Program: And Through Their Eyes Grow Thorns

The T.R.U.T.H. Project serves Houston’s LGBTQ+ communities of color of all ages and their allies. We create the space for them to come together to address holistic health and community stigma by way of community discussions, performance-based installments, group support circles, promotion of grassroots leadership, and public engagement.

Thomas Street

Thomas Street Patient Services Corporation

Program: The Sandwich Program

The Brown Bag Lunch program successfully provides a bagged lunch to one hundred patients three days a week at this time. The Thomas Street Clinic is located in at residential neighborhood few food options in the area and none within walking distance. Many of the patients of the Clinic are on medicines that must be taken with food during the day. We function on a limited budget, depending solely on the generosity of donors to continue providing lunches for our patients. Bunnies on the Bayou made it possible for us to continue the Sandwich Program for another year.

Tony's Place

Tony’s Place

Program: Teen Outreach Program

We help the youth survive on a day-to-day basis by providing services to meet their immediate, basic needs. When needed or desired, we also provide referrals to services that will help the youth develop and thrive in the long term through education, health and wellness, and cultural development.

Trans Legal Aid Clinic - Texas

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Texas

Program: Teen Outreach Program

We help the youth survive on a day-to-day basis by providing services to meet their immediate, basic needs. When needed or desired, we also provide referrals to services that will help the youth develop and thrive in the long term through education, health and wellness, and cultural development.

University of Houston LGBTQ+ Resource Center

University of Houston LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Program: Coming Out Monologues on National Coming Out Day

University of Houston LGBTQ+ Resource Center – www.uh.edu/lgbtq
Participants within the UH LGBTQ Resource Center represent the LGBTQRC, plan outreach initiatives and events, create a welcoming environment for all UH students who identify as LGBTQ+, and learn leadership skills such as public speaking, facilitation, strategic planning, confidence, accountability and other skills beneficial for their future and growth as a young adult and contributing member to the community at large. The camaraderie and community built among members provides a support system, which contributes to personal well-being as they learn and grow and become the individuals they are meant to be.

Bunnies on the Bayou

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Houston, Texas 77266



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